Tuesday, May 17, 2022

STORYTIME

Good news for fellow drag sister and friend Nina West. She has her first children's book due out on October 25, my birthday no less. Just let someone find something wrong with this book to have it banned, and Ill slap someone with a rubber glove. I'm so happy for her, but comes as no surprise, as Nina was one of the first drag queens to have the near perfect and rated extra "G" story times, and one fun filled with a drag queen. She definitely set the standard for the story time,  and even had a successful virtual story time for children during the pandemic. The colorful 32 page book with illustrations by Hayden Evans is a dream come true for Nina. The book can be pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble.


 "In this heartfelt and joyous story, little Nina embarks in a boisterous day of exploration, a colorful day where she sets out to find, kind. With a backpack full of her favorite things, Nina guides readers through the neighborhood of all different types to identify kindness in the wild. Along the way she shines a light on the importance of loving yourself as well as others no matter how different, revealing that sharing your unique form of kindness- the you kind of kind" Im sure the book will be as bubbly as she is.

And speaking of Nina...this happened Mother's Day weekend...


I treated the Mother to the touring Broadway production of  Hairspray with none other than Nina West as Edna Turnblad, when the production came to Hershey for a week. If the production comes to your neck of the woods I urge you to go see it. It is top notch and Nina kills it as Edna Turnblad. She wil just lovvvvve this photo. I may have had a couple drinks.

29 comments:

  1. I have friends who went to see that and thought it was simply outstanding!

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    1. I dare say it was my favorite production of Hairspray outside of the movie. And not just because I know Nina. Billy Dawson who played Corney Collins was just dreamy.

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  2. A true legend of the stage and now of literature too!

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  3. She has got to be ten times better than John Travolta in that role! Her bubbliness just jumps right at you.

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    1. Travolta was alright...but I think it take a big bold queen to really capture that Divine presence she brought to the role. Nina did good.

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    2. That's what I mean! I enjoyed the movie, but I didn't see Edna Turnblad. All I saw was Travolta in a dress. Heck, Pam Demic would kill in that role!

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    3. Now that would have had required a lot of padding. I think maybe Velma Von Tussle might suit me more!!!!

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  4. Yay!
    Nina is super talented and her drag is very well referenced. I may have to get that book. I have no children (eww) but I'll buy it for myself.
    Also, Nina out of Drag is daddy. Do you have her number?
    XOXO

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    1. I agree, he gets me going out of drag. A real cutie.

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  5. Such a fun show! Speaks to so much of what needs to be fixed in our society. And what Nina brings to the role is a real drag queen. May the book sell millions of copies!

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  6. Congrats to Nina with the published book! It looks like a fun and sweet subject! The picture you took is very funny.

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  7. Fantastic, sweetpea! Thanks! xoxo

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  8. Oh, how I wish I could see that production of Hairspray. I’ll see if I can order that book here for my friends’ kids.

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    1. I think it will be a cute book. And a good message.

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  9. I'd love to see her in Hairspray and love that she wrote a children's book!! Brava!

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  10. Anonymous5/17/2022

    At least you removed the lens cover and didn't put your finger over the lens! Nina West would be fun to see as Edna Turnblad.... Tundra Bunny.

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    1. I figured if I Vaselined the lens, it would make he look better.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this tidbit. I adore Nina and I have two little grandchildren. I will get them each a book. You are a good son to take your mother to see Hairspray. I heard the show has been getting rave reviews with the cast.

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  12. Of course, Nina wrote a children's book. Finally, a book Dina Martina can read.

    Adore Nina! She has been killing it since Drag Race.

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  13. Hairspray is such a great show and I bet she does as great job as Edna.

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  14. Not sure about children's books, but we're dying to see the play. I imagine Nina killed that part. She is perfect.

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  15. I always though Nina was the perfect drag queen to do a drag queen story time. She is always so colorful...and let's face it, kids LOVE color. I'm so jelly you saw Hairspray. I missed it altogether when it came to Philly. That queen is going places and does soo much good.

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  16. Tell Nina to get her ass to P-town!!!!

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  17. One of my favorite plays!!!! The queen can do no wrong.

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  18. I'll read it under the covers with a flashlight, just in case the gender police are watching.

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  19. Nina West is one of Columbus's beloved! I adore her and have seen some of her shows. One of my good friends is a good friend of hers, so therefore I'm a good friend by default (does that make sense)! Adore her!

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  20. Good for her! I bet Texas will find a way to ban that book. They're banning everything that isn't the Bible nowadays.

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  21. Nina is right; it matters not who you are, what colour, religion etc., etc. you are. Kindness is what counts and I have many times been beholden to the kindness of strangers.

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!